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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: grinding teeth as a stim

Posted: 22 Sep 2022, 2:05 pm 

Replies: 21
Views: 2,455


I click my teeth all the time and, like someone else mentioned, it's a while before I notice I've been doing it for half the morning or "all day." I believe it started up after I moved into a temporary apt. last year. It's very common and starts up before I even know it. I don't grind, tho...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What Autistic Traits Pass as High Intelligence in an NT?

Posted: 22 Sep 2022, 1:58 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 215


Though I'm diagnosed, I'm curious what others have to say. What autism traits can mimic or be mistaken for high intelligence in an NT or someone who nobody would think "He's autistic" but instead, "Oh, he/she is just very smart."

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Fictional Characters with Undiagnosed Autism/Aspergers

Posted: 18 Sep 2022, 2:22 pm 

Replies: 180
Views: 15,735


Lilith from "Cheers."

Latka Gravis from "Taxi" (the sitcom)

Wilson from "Home Improvement"

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Feeling lost and alone, even within the ASD community

Posted: 18 Sep 2022, 1:45 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 650


My goodness...to the OP: Yes, your post resonates with me, and I even posted the exact same issue a few months ago: I don't feel "autistic enough" despite a formal diagnosis. Ways I feel NT among autistics: Good eye contact (doesn't creep me out or muddle up my thought processes in convers...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Did my assessor not go deeply enough into my diagnosis?

Posted: 07 Sep 2022, 11:35 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 266


The gold standard for an ASD assessment is that ADOS: Autism Diagnostic OBSERVATION Scale. You are given tasks, and you are observed. I won't give more detail in case you decide to get re-assessed, and I don't want to reveal any spoilers. I was also given the SRS, which is also instrumental in asses...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Anybody feel much younger than you are?

Posted: 07 Sep 2022, 11:21 pm 

Replies: 55
Views: 1,268


My situation is very sad. As a young adult and into my late 30s, maybe even early 40s, I was always hoping to find a permanent boyfriend, a soulmate, and I even dared myself to imagine there was still hope at finding a HUSBAND. However, I had always bombed in this area. I just couldn't get a man. It...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Coming to terms with autism diagnosis

Posted: 07 Sep 2022, 11:02 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 323


Like you, I'm a "late" diagnosed woman. Something must've made you decide to get an autism assessment. You must've felt different, maybe even alien, from other people for most of your life. Along the way you picked up some facts about autism and realized that you were probably autistic. Yo...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I got diagnosed

 Post subject: Re: I got diagnosed
Posted: 04 Sep 2022, 11:26 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 412


Welcome to the Club! I got my diagnosis several months ago, and I'm old enough to be your mother. I embrace being Autistic. I can't see it any other way. "I think and see the world differently." I live in TWO worlds: The one in reality and the rich world inside my head. I have incredibly v...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Being Expected to Like ALL Disabled People Bcuz yr Autistic?

Posted: 31 Aug 2022, 11:18 am 

Replies: 46
Views: 964


There seems to be this thing going around that just because someone's autistic they should like every disabled person they encounter, an "all inclusive" and "non-judgemental" approach. However, there are disabled people who can be total azzes. I'm just as intolerant of jerks whet...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How can i know 100% before i get an official diagnosis?

Posted: 30 Aug 2022, 12:27 pm 

Replies: 21
Views: 502


This thread has me thinking of a woman who thinks she's autistic because her mother and sister told her they think she's autistic. When she's asked why she thinks she's autistic, she's not autonomous with her response. Instead, it's "My mother thinks..." She told me this in person when I a...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How can i know 100% before i get an official diagnosis?

Posted: 29 Aug 2022, 9:05 pm 

Replies: 21
Views: 502


How can i know 100% before I get an official diagnosis? You cannot.  Even after receiving an official diagnosis, it is wise to get a second opinion. The problem with a second opinion is that you'll know what the examiner is looking for. I went into my assessment deliberately NOT looking up what's i...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you make eye contact to info-dump?

Posted: 25 Aug 2022, 10:35 pm 

Replies: 47
Views: 829


I do not make eye to eye contact. Never did and probably never will. I do not know why. But for people who do not make eye to eye contact, other people can spot you in a second or two. They wrongly come to the immediate conclusion that you are FALSE, a LIER, SOMEONE WHO CAN NOT BE TRUSTED. Many, if...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you make eye contact to info-dump?

Posted: 24 Aug 2022, 3:06 pm 

Replies: 47
Views: 829


I learned to sustain eye contact by the age of 10 training every day in front of the mirror. Mother used to tell me that I needed to look people in their eyes. I do when I must but I often look somewhere else in between ( the brows or the nose) and go back to the eyes. I used also to look at candle...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you make eye contact to info-dump?

Posted: 24 Aug 2022, 3:02 pm 

Replies: 47
Views: 829


I learned to sustain eye contact by the age of 10 training every day in front of the mirror. Mother used to tell me that I needed to look people in their eyes. I do when I must but I often look somewhere else in between ( the brows or the nose) and go back to the eyes. I used also to look at candle...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you make eye contact to info-dump?

Posted: 24 Aug 2022, 9:03 am 

Replies: 47
Views: 829


I was wondering, for anyone here who struggles with making eye contact, if you use it when you need to get an info-dump fix. Eye contact is really important when you want to get someone's attention and feel them out or size them up. I can't see how anyone would go into info-dump mode without some in...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Speech Rhythm

 Post subject: Re: Speech Rhythm
Posted: 24 Aug 2022, 8:58 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 247


Woman #1) Her voice has a slight lilt to it, almost too gentle sounding, and also sounds like how a voice might sound if talking while trying to maintain a smile. That's my best description. Woman #2) She was 57 but her pitch/tone sounded almost like a teenager who was slightly nervous. Man #1) Abou...
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